Robert Wyatt - "Solar Flares Burn For You"
[Cuneiform, www.cuneiformrecords.com]

The release of a new Robert Wyatt record is like that extra-special present you've been dying to open up. Though "Solar Flares Burn For You" is not necessarily a new release, composed of exclusively brand new songs. There are some previously unreleased alternate takes on this record. Especially pleasing to the ear are an even more stark, and bare version of "Alifib", and an equally minimal versions of "Soup Song" and "Sea Song". Though these track have already been put down on record in the early 70's, the inclusion of these alternate takes is very much welcome. Another welcome addition is the inclusion of a stripped down version of The Monkees' "I'm a Believer". Even though Robert has already released this as a single more than 20 years ago, its' inclusion here sheds an interesting light on this particular take.

The real treats [and there are so many of them] are the tracks that have never before seen the light of day. The minimal, purely instrumental "Blimey O'Riley" and "Solar Flares Burn For You" showcase a more experimental side of Robert Wyatt. Incidentally, the short film for "Solar Flares Burn For You" is also included on this CD. It is a joy watching this low-budget, experimental piece of celluloid and seeing how Robert's music fits right into the film. For those that like the lighter side of Robert, the record also includes "We Got An Arts Council Grant", a silly, acapella, nursery rhyme-like farce, telling the story of the joy of receiving such a grant. As an avid Robert Wyatt fan, I couldn't have asked for anything more. For those who are not familiar with his work, "Solar Flares Burn For You" is an essential starting point.

Tom Sekowski


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